Pollitt Bible: Rich in African-American family history

Submitted photo/Nabb Center
The Pollitt Family Bible is a treasure trove of family information.

SALISBURY — The Pollitt Family Bible is a gift that keeps on giving for researching the past and engaging with 18th century Black history on Delmarva. One page, recorded next to the beginning of the New Testament, documents the names and birthdays of the children of Titus Pollitt, a statement from the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture said.

There are so many stories that can be told of the people named here, like Rev. Frost Pollitt who was a founding member of the Delaware Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and first pastor of the John Wesley ME Church (now the Charles H. Chipman Cultural Center) around 1837.

“Recently, in an environmental history course and our Maryland Humanities summer institute for teachers, we’ve made connections between this bible, the 1788 estate inventory of Thomas Pollitt III, and a secretary desk in our permanent exhibit,” the statement said. “Documents can tell us so many stories, but using some creativity and understanding of the past, we can also view the mahogany desk in a new light considering the potential role enslaved peoples played in harvesting, milling, shipping, and potentially crafting the wood that came to Delmarva in the 1700s and is on display to this day.”

Special thanks to L. Paul Morris, Jr. for his generosity in donating these items and his continued research on these families. Learn more at frostpollitt.org